Gorham Alumni Service Project & Trail Cutter weekend – November 2013 update
We had another productive weekend for this slowly growing team – and the momentum continues to build !!
You may remember that our “kick-off” October weekend allowed for the marking (or re-marking) of the East or Dart’s Mountain trail. There were 5 people involved in that, with a special shout-out to the “invisible commander”, John Kellas. He marked the trail days earlier, and Greg Wysocki led a small team that weekend on the trail temporarily flagged by John to get a more permanent trail marker system in place. On a very cloudy day they reached the summit, and marked the trail coming down. It remains a tough climb, but one every true alumni should make this climb at least once ! Extra kudos for Greg on his work on the trail markers…
Roll forward to this past weekend. The size of the crew increased, and the amount of work completed increased as well ! This time the crew stayed on the “main campus” for the most part, and really focused most of the energy on the barn. In total there were 10 alumni volunteers people – 4 Connals, 4 Davis, a Komorowski, and a Shelton. With a ton of direction from Anne, Jon, and our newest hire Nathan, we worked both sides of the barn. Work on the former CIT lounge included repairing and resurfacing the floor, and on the Arts & Crafts side the efforts were focused on opening up the space and creating as much room as possible, and also organizing storage. It also included a clean out of much of the upper areas on both sides of the barn. Through it all the crew was able to fill a dumpster, and make real headway on the soon-to-be staff lounge and new Arts & Crafts area. What else was accomplished ? See below:
- The Lodge was re-designed to have even more of an Adirondack interior – courtesy of some cleaned up and vintage signs, and other Gorham artifacts. Anne Thornton, Tony Thornton, Kim Connal Shelley Davis, and Eileen Connal were the force behind this effort.
- 3-4 cords of wood were split and stacked, thanks largely to Bill Connal (President and CEO of Will Connal Pottery), who had a varying size work force throughout the day - Ryan Connal, Jake Shelton, Shelley Davis, Kim Connal, Eileen Connal. Special kudos to Bill for working with a bum leg !
- Zach Davis, Larry Davis Jr, and Jon Brosemer focused on not only the CIT Lounge flooring but also framing a wall and putting up shelving for securing the Arts & Crafts area
- George Komorowski and Larry Davis Jr led the assault on removing shelving and cabinets in bad shape in arts & crafts, effectively creating more seating space and moving storage off the main area in a separate and lockable area
- Once again, earlier in the week “the invisible commander” John Kellas flagged another trail (with some associated side trails) on the other side of the lake that will need to be marked at a future weekend
- The trail up East Mountain was re-traced and checked by a group led by Zach Davis, that included Jake Shelton, Eileen Connal, and Ryan Connal. You can just make out camp through the clouds and snow (picture attached)
- Special recognition for Zach Davis and Jake Shelton for being “two timers” and being at both weekends, and to John Kellas for doing the “recon” work in advance of both weekends…
We will be identifying some opportunities for our next weekends in December and January – be sure to watch the site for updates on both the times and the projects.
Please contact Anne, Jackie, or Larry Davis, III should you have any questions,
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Alumni Association Committee:
Larry Davis III
Anne Thornton - Executive Director